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Project by goldenhands posted 02-25-2009 11:14 AM 2469 views 9 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a photo frame that I have designed and made.
Quite complicated but nice one – I like it which does not happed often, he he.
Made of cider wood, sweet odor. Veneered with wavy.. actually do not know the wood, something he he.
Marquetry – entirely my own design, knife cut individually every single element.
Wood in marquetry – sycamore, died sycamore, birds eye maple, some sort of sapele – do not know again.
The inner edge water gilded.
The back waxed, and escutcheon is made and designed by me again, he he.
And my stamp on the miter.

Forgot to mention – the frame is for SALE.
Here is the size if any one is interested: outside – 330 mm x 250 mm
inside – 168 mm x 248 mm x 16 mm
The frame has glass, back and pasportu already

-- The way I work - the way I live. goldenhands

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#1 posted 02-25-2009 12:19 PM

How in the world? It looks amazing.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#2 posted 02-25-2009 01:47 PM

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#3 posted 02-25-2009 02:36 PM

Looks great…....Nice corner detail, you are a better man than me. LOL Where’d you get that little brand?

-- Jim, Michigan

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#4 posted 02-25-2009 03:36 PM

This would be a nice frame even without the marquetry. But adding the marquetry takes it to another level altogether and really adds some nice detail to the frame. Well done. I can understand why you like this frame.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-25-2009 03:56 PM

Beautiful frame! Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 02-25-2009 04:02 PM

Fantastic marquetry skills!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-25-2009 04:07 PM

Thank you every one.
The brand – my own creation – it is actually my initials,
well mixed up on a strange way I would say, he he.

-- The way I work - the way I live. goldenhands

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#8 posted 02-25-2009 04:40 PM

Perfect. I can see why you like this one, even when like most of us, our projects rarely achieve the level of perfection our minds conceive. The sand shading of your marquetry is stunning.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 02-25-2009 04:43 PM

I am very impressed! I hope you will share with us exactly how you did the marquetry? How did you color the shadows? Did you veneer the frame so you would not have to carve the frame to the depth of the veneer inlays? Please share the details!!!

-- Cuz

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#10 posted 02-25-2009 04:55 PM

Very nice work, I love Marquetry your piece has a very nice sense of balance.

-- Billp

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#11 posted 02-25-2009 05:17 PM

Very Classie looking! Great Job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 02-25-2009 05:27 PM

Ditto what Charlie and Bill said! Beautiful Work!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 02-25-2009 05:54 PM

Beautiful, well designed and crafted. Really remarkable!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 02-25-2009 06:19 PM

Hello all, thank you for your admiration.
Well I would like to mentioned that I did not mistaken when I said MARQUETRY it is not INLAY I ment MARQUETRY.
Here is the process:
1. first of all of course the cider (probably wrong spelling – please forgive me) or cedar wood frame to make and glue it up.
Simple but not really – why becouse it is an extrimly soft material to work with. If any one worked with this material he understands me.
2. to prepare the veneer for the front and sides. So 4 large pieces of veneer were joined toghether to follow the miters of the frame of course.Then the drawing has been placed in 4 corners of the veneer frame and cut through. Every single element has been cut separetely or individually if you like. And fixed wiht the glue paper.
3. the veneering process of the marquetry veneer frame on the cedar frame, making sure that it won’t slide and will be placed exactly follow the miters of the cedar frame. Not complicated just takes time.
4. then cleaning up the paper, gluing the sides and sanding
5. the guilding, laquering and polishing
Well that is it really.

-- The way I work - the way I live. goldenhands

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#15 posted 02-25-2009 06:37 PM

Wonderfully designed and executed… and only simple when in the hands of a master such as yourself…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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